Dell :: M1330 8400M G Sstep By Step Diagnose

Dec 11, 2008

I contacted the Dell support team to see whether my m1330 is affected by the bad batch of Nvidia Graphic card and I got this respond


On your concern about the Nvidia Graphics, I should say that your system is not affected by it, however I am a Hardware expert with the XPS Team and would recommend to diagnose the Hardware to identify any problems.

To extensively diagnose the 'Hardware', your active participation is requested. Please follow all these steps mentioned below as they are inter related:

1. Disconnect all the devices which are connected to the system, like:internet cable,usb key,etc.

2. Power off the laptop. Disconnect the power cable from the laptop.

3. Close the system, turn it upside down, slide the battery latch and remove the battery.

4. Keep the battery out and put the system back in front of you..................

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Dell :: Req- A Step By Step Guide To Remove IDT High Definition Audio In Windows 7

Apr 12, 2010

Hi Friends,

I am writing this new post after getting really frustrated from Googling all through the internet and not finding 1 decent solution.

I have a Dell Studio 1555 laptop and after bearing the pathetic sound quality both from the speakers and external speakers/headphones for months I finally decided to do something about it.

Apparently its not a hardware fault as everything seems to work technically fine but the sound output is really pathetic/high on treble and noise. Theres a word all around the internet that IDT High Definition Audio Codec sound drivers are bad idea and the default ones provided by Windows are much better.

Well i tried to remove, IDT Audio from my laptop permanently but to no avail. There is no option to remove at Add/Remove programs, so i went to Device manager and uninstalled the sound drivers. Upon restarting the PC the IDT audio popped backed in. So, I uninstalled once again and deleted the IDT folder but upon restarting it was back on again. Only that it took 5-6 minutes to install.

Can anyone suggest a way to remove IDT drivers permantly in Windows 7?

Thanks a lot.
Your friendly neighbourhood geek

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Dell :: Step By Step Restoring Of XPS 1530 To Factory Settings

Feb 23, 2009

Could some good techie please kindly mention the step by step method of restoring Dell XPS 1530 notebook back to factory settings ?

Could this setting be done at home or should it be done by an expert Dell representative ?

How to back up all the driver info and various programs info(not the actual drivers or programs,just the info about which were installed before restoration) ?

What precautions need to be taken while restoring

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Acer :: Enable SPDIF Outout: Step By Step Guide

Nov 17, 2009

I have a new Aspire 8935G with Realtek audio (AL889, if I read it well) and I'm not able to use digital output.

I tried using a common stereo jack to RCA cable, using just the left (black) RCA to plug into the digital COAX input of my ampilfier, but nothing came from the speakers.

Do you know how to setup the digital output of the Aspire?

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Dell :: M1330 With NVIDIA 8400M GS

Oct 26, 2008

buying second hand, 2yr warranty left

however person said he had graphics problems and his computer was serviced (motherboard replaced).

I dont want to have it die on me later on, price is good compared to other systems where I live (same price as a new vostro 1310).

bottom line, whats the probability this would happen again ? any chance of a perm fix ?

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Dell :: T9300 Or 8400m Gs M1330 Upgrade

May 25, 2009

Looking to get my sister a m1330 for a graduation gift and right now if you spend $1300 plus on a M1330 u get 25 percent off.

So i'm looking for ways to get the laptop to add up to $1300 and i can either upgrade the processor to

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T9300 (2.5GHz/800Mhz FSB/6MB cache)

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Dell :: XPS M1330 NVidia GeForce 8400M GSCopper Mod

Jul 2, 2008

Dell XPS M1330 - nVidia GeForce 8400M GS - Copper Mod - Step by Step Guide

Dell XPS M1330 Notebook with nVidia GeForce 8400M GS GPU has an inadequate Thermal Cooling Assembly. It uses a Thermal Cooling Pad between the GPU and the GPU Thermal Cooling Assembly instead of a direct contact between the two with a Thermal Compound. This leads to overheating the GPU and damaging it along with other components. The solution is to replace the existing Thermal Cooling Pad with a Copper Sheet and a Thermal Compound.

Note: This Copper Mod does not solve problems arising from a weak die/packaging material set in certain versions of GPU. Their failure appears related to the combination of the interaction between the chip material set and the system design. The combination of limited thermal management and frequent power cycling is particularly challenging for the GPU. Dell is offering a 12 Month Limited Warranty Enhancement specific to this issue. However, this Copper Mod might help delay the failure by improving the thermal management.


01. Copper Sheet. Recommended: Gauge 16 & Grade C106 - 14x14x1.5mm.
02. Thermal Compound. Recommended: Arctic Silver 5.
03. Thermal Compound Cleaner (Isopropyl Alcohol or Acetone).
04. Cotton Swabs.
05. Paper Napkins.


01. Phillips Screwdriver - #0.
02. Utility Knife.
03. Thermal Compound Spreader.

Drivers & Utilities: (for Microsoft Windows Vista 32 Bit)

01. Dell XPS M1330 A13 - 1.02MB. (BIOS Firmware). Recommended.
02. Dell nVidia GeForce 8400M GS 176.44 A10 - 52.70MB. (Video Driver). Recommended.
03. HWMonitor 1.11 - 397.00KB. (Monitor GPU, CPU, Chipset and HDD Temperatures).
04. GPU-Z 0.2.8 - 410.00KB. (Monitor GPU Clocks).
05. I8kfanGUI 3.1 - 1.61MB. (Monitor Fan Status and Speed).
06. RivaTuner 2.11 - 2.30MB. (Monitor GPU Status on OSD).
07. 3DMark06 Basic Edition 1.1.0 - 413.00MB. (Benchmark GPU).
08. Intel Thermal Analysis Tool 2.05 - 3.31MB. (Benchmark CPU).


Before You Begin!

01. Disassemble the Module Cover by loosening the four Screws.

| 1 - M2.5x5mm Screw (1) | 2 - Captive Screws (3) | 3 - Module Cover (1) | Image: Dell Service Manual |......................

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Dell :: M1330 (Nvidia 8400M GS) Does Not Accept G.Skill 4GB Modules

Sep 16, 2008

Tried a G.Skill 4GB module in the M1330 this evening.

It is not recognized in slot A or B. This was tested with BIOS A08 and A12. This unit was purchased in March 2008.

It's a no go for this model it seems.

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Dell :: How To Diagnose Blue Screen

Mar 17, 2009

I have a inspiron 1505 with bluetooth 355 factory installed.

When I use the Blueant b/t headset and skype I get the blue screen and with as I recall the error message is E08.

I have queried dell, blueant and skype about what could be causing this but without success.

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Dell :: A Step Backwards For Inspiron

Jun 12, 2008

I had an inspiron 9300 a few years back, the build quality was exceptional, it was a great laptop, great speakers, nice keyboard, subwoofer, magnesium alloy construction.

DUAL COOLING SLOTS, a 6800 go video card which in those days was top of the line aside from the gtx.

The design was silver and white which was reminiscent of some apple laptops prior to this model of inspiron. Many didnt like the design and the white trim as they say. I was neither opposed to it or extremely fond of it but I thought it looked nice.

MORE IMPORTANTLY: the laptop had separate cooling for the laptop itself and separate cooling for the video card which kept the laptop very cool and allowed the inspiron to have a powerful graphics card.

Construction was flexing of the body and no flexing of the lcd panel, you could NOT press against the back of the lcd panel and make dimples on the front of the lcd screen. It was a very durable laptop. It was about 9 pounds and some would call it large and heavy but as I am not one to fall for those terms at that time I compared the size and weight to other 17 inch laptops and it could hardly be called big or heavy. I have to wonder what kind of weaklings cannot carry a 9 pound laptop?

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Dell :: Inspiron M301Za Step In The Right Direction?

May 17, 2010

Dell/Singapore has started selling the AMD/ATI equipped M301Z.

Inspiron M301z: Dell's first laptop to take on AMD's new dual-core Neo -- Engadget

If it is introduced in the US at the projected price of $715, Dell will probably have a winner on its hands. It is a beautiful 13.3" laptop. I like it more than the 13R design which looks too much like the butt ugly mini 10. The 301Z refines the back end of the machine and brings the display out to the end of the bottom-half.

Now, take that aluminum design, stick an I5-540M or I7-620M in it with a HD 5650 or HD 5670 GPU.

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Dell :: Get Rid Of Speed-step In Inspiron 1720

Feb 10, 2010

i really want to get rid of this stupid annoying speed-step technology. there is an option in bios that will allow me to turn it off, but it will put the processor at 1.2 Ghz, i want it at its fullest at 2.00 Ghz,

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Dell :: XPS M1530 XPVsync / Speed Step Calling All XP Users!

Feb 16, 2009

I have this odd problem with my M1530 using windows XP. I currently mainly play WoW. . . I have installed Windows XP on my M1530. . .

So heres what I do.. I open up CPU-Z .. minimize it so that I can see the current speed of my CPU in the task bar. Open WoW in windowed mode and then play so I can see my CPU speed via CPU-Z.

When I do this and Vsync is off it is normal. Speed goes 2.5Ghz @ a 12.5 Multiplier. (using vsync option in wow to control)
When I turn on Vsync instantly the Speed starts going from 2.5Ghz to 1.2Ghz and back to 2.5Ghz ...

but over and over and over, back and forth.... enough to notice while playing ... it creates stutters. I have tried everything I can think of to fix this. So if anyone has a idea please share...

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Dell :: XPS M1530 XP Vsync / Speed Step Problem. Calling All XP Users!

Feb 16, 2009

When I do this and Vsync is off it is normal. Speed goes 2.5Ghz @ a 12.5 Multiplier. (using vsync option in wow to control)

When I turn on Vsync instantly the Speed starts going from 2.5Ghz to 1.2Ghz and back to 2.5Ghz ...

but over and over and over, back and forth.... enough to notice while playing ... it creates stutters. I have tried everything I can think of to fix this .....

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Dell Latitude XT3 :: Fingerprint Reader - Swipe To Boot Up And Login In One Step

Nov 18, 2011

I recently converted from a Lenovo X220 to a the Dell Latitude XT3. The XT3 is a better laptop minus a couple design choices. That said, there is one feature in particular that I will miss the most....My old X220 fingerprint reader allowed me to swipe with the latop powered down. This action would boot up the PC and log me in. This doesn't seem to work the same on the XT3. Instead, I must power it up then swipe in two separate steps.

Is there a way to get the XT3 to respond to a finger swipe while it is powered down?

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Acer :: SU 2700 Processor Have Speed Step?

Aug 14, 2009

Does this CPU have speed step?...

According to CPU-Z, clock speed moves from 1.2Ghz to 1.3Ghz.. (nothing below 1.2Ghz)..

Is this normal?

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Dell :: GeForce 8400M GS 128?

May 24, 2010

i have a dell inspiron 1720 with a GeForce 8400M GS 128 ya i know it sucks but anyways when i go to dell or do a google all im seen is that the 8400 is a 256 ddr is this right? i run a program called TechPowerUp GPU and its saying 128 to did they make a 128 and a 256?

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Dell :: 8400M GS Dying

Dec 7, 2008

Is my 8400M GS dying?

The other day I started to have intermittent 'display driver has stopped responding and has resumed' messages after the display blanks for a bit.

I checked my performance. In RTHDRIBL where I used to get high 40's to low 50's fps, I now get in the 20's, 30's, and 40's.

Then I checked some of the games (which I haven't played in a long while). Colin Mcrae Rally 5.0 and UT 2004 are so stuttery that they are unplayable.

I tried various driver versions thinking that the latest driver version from windows update was causing it, but have not had any success.

I also uninstalled Avast anti-virus and Rivatuner in case bad settings were the cause.

WEI score used to be 4.1/4.7, and is now 3.7/4.5

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Dell :: 8400m Gs Overclock

Jan 26, 2009

don't do this, unless you have the copper mod.

But I overclocked from 400/600 to 525/900, and the difference in performance was huge!

3DMark06 before: 1,700'ish
after: 2,077 !

RTHDRIBL 640 x 480 window before: ~ 50 fps
after: ~ 70 fps
----> around 40% increase!

W.E.I.: Aero/Gaming Graphics before: 4.1 / 4.7
after: 4.8 / 5.2

The good news is that my load temp has only increased a few degrees:

before: 72C
after: 75C

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Dell :: NVidia 8400m GS

Dec 6, 2008

I recently bought a laptop and before it ships I have been looking around at how the 8400m GS performs. The video card is labeled at 128 mb but many people have been posting on forums about how they're cards are telling them they have 256mb instead of 128.

More commonly, Youtube videos are all titled 8400m GS *256*. Is the 128mb version just really uncommon? Or is it really 256 mb. I also stumbled upon something called Turbo Cache (not sure if that's the right name for it) that has the GPU use some of my systems RAM...Isn't that what integrated chipsets do?

Anyway here's my system:

XPS M1530 Laptop: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T8100 (2.1GHz/800Mhz FSB, 3MB Cache)

3 GB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz (2 DIMMs)

320 GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM)

128MB NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS

If anyone knows anything about Turbo Cache or how this card performs with World of Warcraft.

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Dell :: Can 185.66 Work For 8400m Gs?

Apr 4, 2009

using xps m1330. the laptopvideo2go forum page on that release didn't state...

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Feb 28, 2010

I own a vostro1510 with a 8400m gs. i am a casual gamer and during gaming gpu goes upto 85c. i am worried about my gpu as we all know about the failure rate of 8400 and 8600. my warranty is going to expire on sep 15 so do you guys recommend me going for extended warranty? i find it a bit costly.

remember my laptop was purchased on sep 15 2008 and my mobo was replaced few months back(not due to failing gpu). someone also told me that the replacement gpu's are not defective is it so?

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Dell :: Poll: When Did Your 8400M GS Fail

Oct 28, 2008

When did your 8400M GS Fail, if at all?

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Dell :: M1530 8400M Vs 8600M

Jun 5, 2009

Currently my M1530 has the nvidia 8400M GS chip in it. I'm thinking about swapping the motherboard out for one with an 8600M chip on it.

My question is, will it make much of a difference? How much greater is the 8600M w/ 256mb versus the 8400M w/ 128mb that is currently in my machine? Look forward to your responses.

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Dell :: 8400M GS Performance Driver

Aug 28, 2009

Anyone knows a good drivers for the 8400M GS card tweaked for good performance?

I play Company of Heroes a lot and would like to optimize my card to gain better performance.

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Dell :: NVIDIA® GeForce 8400M GS

Jul 19, 2007

How crappy is the NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8400M GS really? I am using a 7800gtx in my inspron 9300. Just ordered a 1330--- is the 8400 superior to the 7800gtx?

on a related note, is there anyway to upgrade the NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8400M GS to a different video card? Is any other nvidia card compatible?

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Dell :: 8400m Gs How To Lower Power Draw?

Apr 28, 2009

well basically my question is in the title...but i was wonder is there anyway i can lower the watt draw (11 watts stock) while im on battery power.

I know powermizer does this but can i lower it even more?

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Dell :: Replacing Geforce 8400m GS GPU On A Vostro 1400?

Feb 22, 2010

So I have a broken Nvidia Geforce 8400m GS GPU on my Vostro 1400 out-of-warranty (even with Nvidia extension) laptop and Dell wants $240 to repair it.

That money could probably go to a new laptop, but I was still wondering if there was a way I could go for a do-it-yourself repair. How would I go about replacing the GPU? Is there a guide for this somewhere I could look for?

I'm guessing I will need to order a replacement motherboard from Dell to do this, but I'd rather attempt repairing the laptop on my own rather than send it to Dell's out-of-warranty repair depot. I've taken apart PCs before, but have never taken apart a laptop.

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Sony :: SZ6 Abruptly Powers Off. Nvidia 8400M GS

Aug 26, 2009

I had assumed, but I want to make sure that my SZ6's problem is due to the Nvidia temp defect thing everyone's talking about.

Basically my computer is always very hot. Just downloaded SpeedFan and the GPU and both Cores are 78C and i've just been surfing the web for a few hours.

The problem happens when I play games (like Civ4 or Half-life 2) for a few hours or sometimes less if its a hot day. The laptop will abruptly power off as if I pulled the battery and power cord out.

When I reboot, I get that error message that says Windows did not shut down properly, do you want to reboot normally or in safe mode

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Acer :: Travelmate 5720g UPGRADING To 8400M GS

Jul 5, 2009

I bought the "VGA Board MXM.8MGSHmm 256Mb" for my 5720g.


The user TehSuigi says it's a GeForce 8400M GS 256MB MXM-I.

But the card doesn't work, my notebook just "beep" and the display remains black.

I'm wondering because the card is in the list for my notebook, but it is an MXM1 and my notebook has an MXM2.

Has anyone an idea to get it work? Maybe with anoder BIOS?

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